Chloe Aston is a fraction away from victory for the six-year-old title in Vilamoura

Chloe Aston was denied victory by just two tenths of a second in the Vilamoura Atlantic tour’s six-year-old final with Flavie van de Helle.

From a field of 54, a total of 16 posted first round clears including 10 British riders, and 11 jumped clear again to go forward to the jump-off. But it was Belgium’s Thierry Goffinet that found the quickest route on the Andiamo/Darco stallion Landiamo S. Chloe chased hard on the Carlow van de Helle/Carvallo mare Flavie, but could only come within 0.20 sec for second. Jude Burgess was hot on her heels for third, just 0.11 sec behind on the Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve/Chin Chin mare Gimona.

Emma Stoker was fifth on Cool Cash (Cadensky/Dollar dela Pierre) with Nicole Pavitt taking sixth with the steadies of the double clears on Gianni HC (Padinus/Landon). On four faults in the jump-off, Tim Page took eighth with the Balou du Rouet/VDL Arkansas stallion Wild Balou Bill with Laura Mantel in 10th on Gerdien 2 van de Oldenhoff and Emma Stoker aboard Quatinka. Laura Renwick (MHS Sanfrancisco) and and Lucy Guild (Gucci LSH) picked up four in the second round for 12 th and 13th and Sam Wall on Alejandro S Z finished in 14th.

A total of 25 seven-year-olds from 48 starters jumped clear in the first day of their finals, and these included Brits Emma Stoker on the stallion Everton de Villee (Arko III/Darco) and Pembroke 3 (Perigueux/Quick Star), Laura Mantel on New Priory Stud’s Funnycan (Zavall VDL/Monaco), Nicole Pavitt on the home-breds Xena 16 (Warrior/Equador) and Paris 16 (Don VHP Z/Quo Vadis) plus Debbie Curley’s Zampa Z (Zandor Z/Cartago Z).

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